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Project Profile

Wayne Township Landfill Gas Energy Project for Jersey Shore Steel

  Self Developed (Absence of third party developer)

Location:
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
End User(s):
Jersey Shore Steel
Sector(s):
Steel
Landfill(s):
Wayne Township Landfill
Landfill Size:
2 million tons waste-in-place (2006)
Project Type:
Direct Thermal (process furnace)
Project Size:
694 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)
Savings:
30 percent of natural gas costs (more than $900,000 per year) and preserves 250 local jobs
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 17,500 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 15,700 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 191,200 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to heating 2,400 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0224 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
Last Updated:
7/20/2010

Jay Alexander, General Manager of the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority (the Authority), thought there must a better way to control the gas generated by the Wayne Township Landfill. Approximately 12 million British thermal units of heat an hour (MMBtu/hr) were being flared. Because his landfill was approved to accept waste through 2016 and landfill gas (LFG) production would continue to increase, Mr. Alexander looked for a way to flare less LFG, raise revenues, and at the same time support his community. He didn't have to look far.

The landfill borders Jersey Shore Steel (JSS). He knew from Dave Keister, the JSS plant engineer, that JSS burned significant amounts of fuel in their furnace to reclaim railroad steel. But, would a project be financially feasible, especially if LFG had to cross the Susquehanna River? Mr. Alexander enlisted the support of Mr. Keister, and together, they figured out how to save money for JSS and reduce the costs for the Authority's waste customers.

The project's highlights include:

  • In 1999, the Authority built a LFG pre-treatment system to compress, filter, and de-water the LFG and built a 2.5-mile pipeline to JSS. The pre-treated LFG is carried 1,000 feet across the river on the old railroad bridge, which the Authority was able to use for $1.
  • In 1999, JSS installed the necessary piping, valves, and controls and began a trial to use 12 MMBtu/hr of LFG in the pre-heat zone of their furnace.
  • In 2000, JSS revamped the mill and installed a new Bricmont three-zone reheat furnace, rated at 55 MMBtu/hr. The new furnace originally included equipment to fire LFG on one zone at 12 MMBtu/hr, but by 2002, JSS had modified the burners in all zones, and was firing 24 MMBtu/hr of LFG.
  • In 2003, JSS asked Bricmont Furnace to design a LFG/natural gas blending station. This system uses the LFG first, and adds natural gas as needed to match production requirements.

Both the Authority and JSS have benefited financially. The Authority has been well rewarded with the new revenue stream. To make the project financially feasible for JSS, the Authority set the JSS price at 70 percent of the price of natural gas. When the natural gas market rose dramatically in 2002, the Authority capped the price at approximately $5.50 per MMBtu, saving JSS even more.

This project is a credit to the late Paul W. Reeder, Jay Alexander, the Authority's Board of Directors, as well as Jack and Peter Schultz, owners of JSS. Its success is the result of "forward thinking" people approaching the project with a "let's make it happen" attitude.

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